Luckily I wasn’t the only SPMA-er up at the meet yesterday in Mountain View. I set up my big blue pop up tent and it served as the unofficial SPMA embassy. Patrick and Kathleen from Rosebowl joined me under the tent for the day and Kathleen was nice enough to be my official Rob Aquatics filmographer for the day. She got video of my 50 free, 100 free, and 50 fly… she also got a partial cut of my 100 IM but my camera ran out of space on that one. I edited it all together into one video…

It’s always weird for me to watch myself swim freestyle, it just looks too casual on top of the water. I know I was trying really hard, I was there, but it doesn’t look like it at all! All you arm chair coaches out there feel free to pick me apart in the comments:)

5 Responses to “Video From My Swims in Mountain View”

  1. Caren says:

    Great job!! You have a really nice butterfly stroke. You look super relaxed in both your fly and free – not casual! :) I think looking relaxed is a sign of being in descent shape, not lack of effort! If you were out of shape you'd have short, choppy strokes.

  2. Rob D says:

    Thanks Caren! I know it's a good thing, it just looks wrong to me. Now I just need the speed to back up that casual looking stroke and I'll be just fine!

  3. Caren says:

    We are our own worst critics, aren't we?! :-)

  4. Pat says:

    Rob, I love your blog.
    What I see on freestyle is that you're over-reaching a bit, especially with your right arm. Your elbow is in the water almost before your hand. I can't see underwater (doh) but you might be pulling your elbow back before your hand really gets into a good position. Get your fingertips into the water just ahead of your head, then reach if you must ;-0.
    Sprints need a pretty fast turnover WITH good technique.

  5. Rob D says:

    Thanks Pat! I'm glad you dig the blog! You're definitely right on with the turnover thing, I need to speed mine up. I'm going to have to pay more attention to how far out I'm reaching when I swim today. Thanks for the feedback!